- Four congresswomen of colour in the United States have been told to go back to where they came from
- The call was made on Sunday, July 14, by the United States president, Donald Trump
- President Trump says the congresswomen should go back to where they came from to fix the totally broken and crime-infested countries
- The speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, describes President Trump's comments as xenophobic
President Donald Trump of the United States has told four congresswomen of colour to go back to where they came from and fix the rot instead of telling the people of US how their government should be run.
Trump made the call in a Twitter thread on Sunday, July 14, in which he said the congresswomen of colour originally came from countries whose governments are the most corrupt and inept in the world.
Legit.ng notes that the US president did not mention the four congresswomen's name but his reference to house speaker, Nancy Pelosi, suggested that President Trump was talking about the congresswomen identified as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar.
President Trump said Pelosi would happily organise for them to leave the United States.
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the United States, but Omar came to the US as a 12-year-old refugee.
Trump tweeted: "So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......
"....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....
"....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"
Speaker Pelosi condemned President Trump's comments, describing them as xenophobic and capable of dividing the United States.
She called on the president to work with members of congress for humane immigration policy that reflects American values instead of attacking them.
In her response to President Trump's comments, Ocasio-Cortez said she is an American citizen, adding that the president is angry because he cannot conceive of an America that includes the four congresswomen of colour.
She tweeted: "You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.
"You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it.
"Yet here we are."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Minnesota lawmaker, Ilhan Omar, described US President Donald Trump's tweet as a "violent rhetoric" capable of increasing death threat to her life.
Omar, who is one of the first ever Muslim members of the US Congress, made this declaration in a response to President Trump's tantrum after speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced a new "security assessment to safeguard" the lawmaker.
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